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WALTER K. KOOPMAN

I was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on 6 June 1940. After graduating from high school in 1958, I joined the USAF. I attended Air Police School and in November 1958 I was assigned to Dyess AFB, Abilene, Texas.

I met Julia England and was married 1 August 1961. We had a baby girl, Donna the following year.

I was working with the Sentry Dog section of the security police at Dyess when my sentry dog and I were selected for a special assignment to Area 51. We relocated to Las Vegas in 1964 where I was introduced to my work location at the Area.

In 1966 the sentry dog programs was phased out at the Area. I was due to reenlist and transfer overseas or get out of the Air Force. In August of 1966 I was honorably discharged after 8 years of service. Four days after my discharge, I hired on with "the Customer" for security duty at Area 51.

In 1967 I transferred from the Area to Lancaster, California where I was assigned to the U-2 program at North Base of Edwards AFB. While there I saw the first test flight of the U-2R.

In 1968 I transferred to Rochester, New York as a Government contract security rep. I continued in that role until November 1981 when I went to work for Kodak. I retired in November 1997 as Security Manager of their Government Systems Division.

After 39 years in the security field, my wife, who retired from IBM, and I have done a lot of domestic travels on our motorcycle. We've made two or three-month escapes from Rochester to Melbourne, Florida. Our time now is devoted to church activities, visiting our two Grandchildren and their parents in Rochester and an occasional trip to Texas to visit my wife's relatives. We perform enough volunteer work to keep us busy.

 



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